In Copenhagen, Even Oil Companies Encourage Cycling with 'Bicycle Care' Stations


Photo: Mads Odgaard, via Copenhagenize
Clean & Repair Your Bike, Check Tire Pressure, Etc
Copenhagen is so bike-friendly (something that the rest of the world should definitely learn from) that even a giant oil company like Norway's Statoil is trying to be cyclist-friendly. Spotted over at Copenhagenize, This bicycle care station is part of a gas station, and it allows cyclists to clean their bikes and tune them up. Wouldn't it be great if such bike care stations were found everywhere in most cities? It's not as important as primary infrastructure like safe bike lanes and bike storage, but support infrastructure like this helps, if only to increase the visibility of biking as a legitimate way to get around.
Photo: Mads Odgaard, via Copenhagenize

Ok, maybe it's just a cynical PR move by Statoil (or maybe not)... But not all PR is the same, and unlike America's "clean coal" ads, these bike stations are useful and encourages people to reduce their environmental impact rather than fool them into thinking that something that is dirty is actually clean.

The sign on the station translates to:

"Dear Cyclist,
You can care for your bicycle here. You can pump and wash your bicycle and, inside the shop, you're welcome to borrow a free bicycle care kit with oil, tire levers, allen keys, etc.
Enjoy.
Statoil"

Via Copenhagenize
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